Excited. Creative. Ready. {Teens- You may want to sign up for this.}

Have you ever had an idea and were just too scared to put it out there? I totally get it. So here’s the deal. We are changing things and in an awesome way and we would like you to be a part of it. It’s tough to make changes and trust me I get nervous too!  So, the more the merrier!


Have you noticed that ordinary is no fun?  Don’t get me wrong.  I love ordinary days filled with a good movie and a hot chocolate.  I want to adventure to follow my ordinary movie days.  I want you to adventure with me.  Our Amber J Rep program has blossomed into something I never really thought would take on the form that it has. It’s been fun to watch something you believed in take flight.

Here’s a little bit about us🙂

Shelly and I are excited to be creative and explore 2017 with creative minds, excited individuals and break through into the extraordinary.


Here’s the deal: you can sign up here .   This will put you on our first notification list before we blast the world with our ideas! You are NOT obligated to do anything, this is just so we can get the fun stuff into your inbox!

So, if you are a teen (13-16) or you will be a junior in high school in the fall of 2017 – we want to hang with you!!


Here’s a few snap shots of our styled shoots, model shoots and yes we got to work with the fabulous Janet from Angela’s Bridal and M& D Farms as an awesome location.  Did we mention we traveled to Manhattan with our model team too?

Sign up and then you can make an informed decision if you want to adventure with us next year.


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Bored with Ordinary.

Introducing Carlyn: {Jefferson} Senior Portrait Artist

When we have dreams, we have something to chase and embrace and hope for in endless amounts of time.  So dream and fly and do all the things people think about, but never actually experience.  This time in your life is the time to start, because at 17 you can do anything for everything is before you.  You have opportunity and time and life and so we claim it to move forward and do the things others can’t or don’t.  So be you and fly because you have your own set of wings.

Follow our stories on instagram at @amberjseniors

Bring your story to life with us – hit the contact me page and tell us about yourself.

Hair and make up: Jessica Wynia Hair and Make Up!


Introducing Emily! {Middleburgh} – Senior Portrait Session

In a world where we never know what comes next or exactly what are future holds, we have these moments.  This is a time to embrace what we have and enjoy the sweet smell of now.  These days are fleeting and we are sometimes ensnared by the whirlwind of life, which gives us all the more reason to stop and look toward the sun and smile for a brief moment of thankfulness.

May I introduce these few lovely moments with Emily and her beautiful and gentle smiles.

Thank you for being awesome Emily!


Happy Birthday Dear Jillian

*permission given from her family to write this dedicated piece.

Today is Jillian’s 18th birthday, tomorrow her family will bury her and cry the tears many of us pray to never have to cry.

Everyone knows spending time with the Nappi family means you will hear of their love for God and you will continue to hear about it especially now.

We may never understand the “why” to tragedy on this side of heaven, but Jillian had a testimony and it was clear.  Was she perfect? No.  Did she love the Lord Jesus as her savior? yes.  Her obituary was clear. So was her salvation.


In a life lost so young, we have questions, we are confused, we shake our fists in undeniable anger, grief can seem so insurmountable…without Jesus, it can be insurmountable.

Today, the Nappi family is welcoming all of Jillian’s friends over for her birthday.  If you are her friend, you should go. Celebrate her life and learn what it means to know Jesus personally.  Give Jillian the gift of knowing you too can claim her creator as your own.


It’s rare to see a teenager firm in her beliefs.  Jillian knew, understood and accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. So this platform I am writing on is for nothing more than to make sure her testimony reaches just a few more.


So what does this all mean? Why does her testimony mean so much? This is it:

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (no one is perfect)
Romans 6:32 -For sin equals death, but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ

Romans 5: 8 – God loved us so much , that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9 – For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in him with all your heart and that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (and spend eternity with Jesus in heaven)

So, as the family says “see you later” tomorrow at her funeral, they can honestly say this.  They don’t hope, they don’t guess, they don’t say this because she was a good person.  They claim it, they own it, they WILL see her again because Jesus promised.


Happy birthday dear Jillian. Your infectious smile and vibrant personality will be missed on levels most of us can’t imagine.  I have stared at your face over and over again and I can see the light in your eyes that so many others found in you.

Thank you for your life, your testimony and who you are to so many.  You are a gift that keeps on giving. May Jesus wrap his arms around your family and this world as we grieve your loss.  Happy birthday beautiful.




Introducing Marilyn! {Middleburgh} Senior Portrait Artist

One of the best aspects of photographing these amazing seniors, is a chance to enter their life for a little while.  Marilyn is a beautiful soul who loves farming and the animals she takes care of there.  This amazing young woman has numerous accolades for her Future Farmer’s of American association and has garnered awards on the soccer field.  Right now, Marilyn is winning at life and it was awesome to see into that life and into her heart.

Welcome to the highlights of Marilyn’s senior portrait session.

As always we would love for you to see our favorites on instagram that we reserve just for our senior portraits!


Introducing Alexandria! {Charlotte Valley Central School}: Senior Portraits

May I introduce this amazing young student-athlete who has worked along side me a couple of times this year as a model rep. Alexandria’s senior session was a blast as she is also one of our published teen models in We Are The Seen Blog Magazine.
Alexandria is so fun and easy to be around, it’s not like work at all to bring my camera along and photograph her beautiful self. Her personality shines through and have I mentioned how much I love her laugh?
Your senior portrait gallery is almost ready! For now, here are some highlights!

We posted a few sneak peeks on our instagram!

You’re Invited to an Exclusive Wicked Tea Party Event, Let the Story Begin.

Before you begin: click here if you are interested in modeling in our next masterpiece series.

There is a world beyond our most immediate grasp where the journey takes more than a mere agreement to travel. Moments exist where we can step out of ourselves to indulge in our imaginations and dress in our deepest colors. We don’t transform ourselves, we just express a piece of us that often resides reclusive.  In these tributes of expression we find there is more to each of us, then we will ever know.  There is a lightness and a darkness as we emerge and submerge in the undulation we call dreaming.

“If we let it, our imagination will create our reality”


There’s room to explore, there’s room to believe. There is always something to fear and there is always something to embrace.

To understand the good and evil in everyone is to embrace both and determine which is greater and where to give your heart.


We gather with friends and we are surrounded by enemies, never understanding who is who in this battle, but we feel the tension and confuse it’s purpose. wtp-final-shots-38wtp-final-shots-37

We desire to let go, yet we hold on tightly to something we don’t quite understand. Our hearts leap forward and sometimes the lines of good and evil must be drawn. wtp-final-shots-36wtp-final-shots-35

A war begins in the quietest of moments we find the first resistance, the first time we don’t agree.

We must decide. wtp-final-shots-17


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To capture hearts we must veil and unveil truth, but the looking glass looking back at you is a shrewd filter..wtp-final-shots-27-2wtp-final-shots-29




So it’s time for us all to gather in one place and accept the invitation for friendship or deny it’s acceptance. wtp-100

For among us a power is brewing and we can only sense it’s presence without it’s tangibility. wtp-final-shots-11-2wtp-final-shots-6For together we explore, together we journey, but our destinations may never be the same.



As we search we will follow the light or we will follow the shadows. wtp-final-shots-14wtp-final-shotsa-5

So we feast among us and wait for those with dark intentions to show themselves. wtp-final-shots-26wtp-final-shots-12-2wtp-final-shots-16-2

We must follow or we must lead. Our hearts are deceivers and our company it’s reflection. wtp-final-shots-41wtp-final-shotsa-7wtp-final-shots-17-2wtp-final-shots-18wtp-final-shots-20-2wtp-final-shots-21-2wtp-final-shots-22-2wtp-final-shots-23-2wtp-final-shots-24-2

Kings and queens may dine together lest they actually agree.  Wars brew behind smiles and betrayal behind laughter. Dessert disguises dissention and soon we will separate. wtp-final-shots-26-2

There will be those who face the light, but turn from it’s warmth. wtp-final-shots-32wtp-final-shots-33

And in the end, we know a tale as old as time is the plan for good and evil to divide.


Thank you to these amazing professional for bringing this story to life!

Our host venue: M&D Farm

Photoshoot: Wicked Tea Party

Janet from Angela’s Bridal  for these amazing dresses!

Samantha from Samantha Nass Floral Design   who added an enchanted to touch to our sets with her floral talents!

Photographer: Amber J Photography (Amber J Seniors & Amber J Teens)

Rachel Duncan: Color Me Gorgeous

Bailee Besso: Bailee Besso/Chanel

Glory Addie: Glory Addie Hair and Make up

Gina Tarbell: Gina Tarbell Artistry

Julie Potter : Julie Potter Master Stylist

Michelle McMahon:Bourbon and Lace Hair Design

Sierra Devlin: Just Teaze

Katie Burns: Katie Burns Artistry


Make Me A Cake: Cupcakes

Invitations designed by Jennycdesign


Our portrait series featured on instagram at @amberjseniors


“Wicked Tea Party” Beyond the images. A bridge from reality to fantasy.{An upstate New York photoshoot}

Photoshoot: Wicked Tea Party

Location: M&D Farm

Photographer: Amber J Photography (Amber J Seniors & Amber J Teens)

Your invited to see beyond the images: THANK YOU M&D Farm for this video!

It’s often a challenge for many young girls and guys to step out and do something different.  When we dream, we dream big, but when we live, we live small.  Our recent adventure with 13 amazing young ladies included dreaming big and living big.  It’s a credit to every girl that stepped into our imagination and brought it to life.

Our models included : Abbey (Gilboa Central School) , Claudina (Guilderland High), Sydney (Averill Park High School), Jaylah (Middleburgh High School), Kayla (Cobleskill High), Allie, (Cobleskill High) Brooke (Dover), Cheryl (Guilderland), Gianna (Coxsackie High), Juliette (Unatego), Carissa (Schoharie High School), Anna (Colonie High)  and Alexis (Walton High School) trusted, lept and indulged creative minds to bring enchantment into a Monday in October.

“Be different, not too different. Be bold, but not too bold.

Be beautiful, but not too beautiful. Be good, but not too good”

This quote, this ideal was shattered when these amazing young women stepped into our world.  Why? Because they embraced something very different. very bold. very beautiful and not good…but absolutely amazing.  That is what makes this group of women powerful, beautiful and mystical.

Our portrait pieces have been featured on Instagram here with our sister site: Amber J Teens.  and M&D Farm

Here’s how it all began.

The Westerlo countryside is becoming one of the premiere locations for photoshoots and films. M&D Farms is nestled in our backyard among some of the richest scenery in New York State.  Therefore, it made perfect sense to partner up with these talented venue owners and begin creating.

It all started with an idea of using the fields near the farmhouse for a tea party, but tea parties have been done and we wanted something different to explore and bring to life.  Our tea party took a twist and out of some twisting came a darker version suited for the month of October, allowing us to play with rich colors, dark shadows and enchanting sets.

It was then time to find talent, crazy awesome talent and this team of make up artists decide THIS tea party is worth attending. Check out more of their work provided near the end of this post with our model video!


Gina escaped us before we got this pic…but link up to them!  Michelle, Rachel, Julie, Katie, Bailee, Sierra and Glory. = Rockstars.

Make Me A Cake: indulges our taste buds (what’s a tea party without cupcakes?)

Mario and Daniel own and operate M&D Farm and their untamed imaginations breathed life in our sets.


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oh hey Samantha!

Janet from Angela’s Bridal put together a dream team of dresses and made our world!

Samantha from Samantha Nass Floral Design   trekked from Saratoga to Westerlo to vignette our tables and settings with her astonishing ability to give floral arrangements a whole new meaning.


we made them run through fields… toward shelly… and not fall over.wtp-bts-16wtp-bts-17

#mamarazzi and #paparazzi!wtp-bts-18

Amber and Daniel giving directions🙂

Back to our hair and make up team as they took over the farm house with hair spray and girl power.  Thank you to these artists for bringing out the inner awesome of these amazing young ladies.

CHECK OUR VIDEO BELOW! (By Daniel of course)

Rachel Duncan: Color Me Gorgeous

Bailee Besso: Bailee Besso/Chanel

Glory Addie: Glory Addie Hair and Make up

Gina Tarbell: Gina Tarbell Artistry

Julie Potter : Julie Potter Master Stylist

Michelle McMahon:Bourbon and Lace Hair Design

Sierra Devlin: Just Teaze

Katie Burns: Katie Burns Artistry

Thank you M&D Farms for this great video of our models!!

Interested in our next adventure for modeling or portrait sessions?

Contact us! We are waiting to meet you!


Introducing Jessica! {A Jefferson Central School Senior Portrait Session}

Then there was Jessica. Hi, let me blow your visual delights out of this world with Jessica’s senior portrait session.  This Jefferson Central School senior is full of life, happiness and beauty that travels more than skin deep in so many way.

Her easy laugh and beautiful smile left us wishing we could photograph even longer. Apparently all good things much come to an end, but this session will just keep churning out amazing!

Your full gallery is almost ready Jessica, but for now enjoy these highlights and thank you for allowing us to be your photographers!

Jessica has already been featured on our instagram, but we might get another one on there tonight! Follow along @amberjseniors

To book, just click on the contact me link above and we can chat, don’t be shy🙂

hair and make up by Sierra Devlin


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Introducing Kayla! {Margetville Central School Senior Portraits}

This lovely girl has so much ahead of her in this beautiful thing we call life.  Her goals, her ambitions are big, but so is her heart.  What a great way to spend a morning, but to spend it photographing Kayla and listening to her plans, her dreams and her future.  This Margaretville senior has a flare for success, you can feel it just by being around her.  I am honored and excited to showcase her and her extraordinary self!

Those gorgeous locks had the magic touch of Jessica Wynia Hair and Make Up.